Kickstart Scheme

Trafford College can support your Kickstart application as a gateway!

Trafford College is excited to be involved in the new Government Kickstart Scheme as a partner for employers who are participating in the scheme.

The new £2 billion scheme aims to help young people, aged 16-24, who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, secure a 6 month paid work placement that could lead to apprenticeship or job opportunities in the future. Trafford College will work in partnership with employers to facilitate training and development tailored to the needs of young people, giving them the best chance of sustaining long-term employment. This will form evidence that employment training has been provided.

To be part of the scheme, an organisation needs to take on 30 candidates OR work through an intermediary. Good news! Trafford College is an intermediary and can help employers to work with young people to find placements and support them into employment.


What will the government funding cover?

The government funding for the Kickstart Scheme will cover:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • The associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

The payments for the scheme will be made to the Intermediary (Trafford College), there will be a £1500 payment at the start of the placement to support the set-up costs and any necessary training and development. Then, the employer will be paid at the 2, 4 and 6 month stages.

What should the training and development do?

The training and development from the placement should:

  • Support the young person into employment
  • Support career development

The extra funding at the start of their employment (£1500) is to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme job placement.

Trafford College offers a programme of courses to get candidates work ready pre-interview and we offer re-training and ups killing to increase a candidate's future employability.

Are there any rules around the job placements?

The job placements created with the Kickstart Scheme funding must be new jobs.

They must not:

  • Replace existing or planned vacancies
  • Cause existing employees or contractors to lose or reduce their employment
  • Replace recent redundancies

The new jobs must be:

  • A minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • Paid at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group
  • Should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement

So, what’s the process?

If any prospective employers are interested in working with the Trafford College Group and being a part of the Kickstart Scheme, they must complete a pre-prepared form to declare they have adhered to the rules of the scheme and produce a job description and advert for the placement.

The young person will attend an interview with the employer, and if successful will start their 6-month job placement. Trafford College will ensure they keep in touch with the employer and employee throughout the placement. After completion of the job placement, the young person can progress into either: full-time employment with the employer, FE training course, apprenticeship, or full-time employment with a different employer.

If you are interested in the Kickstart Scheme, then please get in contact by filling out the form below: